Today in APIs: Readyforce Launches HackerHub, and 10 New APIs

Eric Carter, Founder & Corporate Counsel, Dartsand
Mar. 19 2014, 02:00PM EDT

Readyforce has announced a single hub for companies to discover, sponsor, and connect with student-run hackathons: HackerHub. W3C has published a working draft of a Clipboard API. Plus, the debate over an open government and APIs continues and 10 new APIs.

Readyforce Launches HackerHub

Readyforce, the leading career network for engineering students, has launched HackerHub. Hackathons have arisen as a valuable recruiting resource for many companies, as students have the opportunity to demonstrate development skills in a performance based environment. Unlike a resume, portfolio, or other traditional recruiting streams, hackathons provide a platform for students to encounter a problem, hypothesize a solution, and actually test their hypothesis by building an application. Accordingly, companies are obliged to meet such students in this simulated, real-world environment. HackerHub looks to make such meetups more readily available. Hackerhub allows companies to keep track of upcoming events, find events that match company culture, and make appropriate investments.

Readyforce CEO, Alex Mooradian, commented:

"HackerHub is a great opportunity for Readyforce to continue to fulfill our mission of connecting students to amazing companies and events."

HackerHub is now live, and in less than 6 weeks has introduced over 65 recruiters to students participating in 12 spring hackathons.

W3C Publishes Clipboard API Working Draft

The W3C has published a working draft for a Clipboard API. The API supports common clipboard features (e.g. copy, cut, paste, etc.). The thought behind the API is to allow integration of such features directly into web applications. As straightforward as a clipboard API sounds, the disparate requirements across the browser landscape has made a single API difficult to offer. Although the draft has been published, browser support is far from complete. Firefox offers full support, while IE, Chrome, Safari, and Opera offer partial support.

The API uses HTML 5 methods, including setData, clearData, and getData. The W3C welcomes questions and comments on the draft to continue moving the project forward.

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10 New APIs

Today we had 10 new APIs added to our API directory including a netherlands event calendar, a hosting domain name service, an ssl certificate service, a shipping location search service and a shipping pickup scheduler. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

IkdoeIkdoe API: Ikdoe combines other internet resources to create one source for events and activities happening in the Netherlands. Ikdoe gathers lists from websites like Bbetribes, uitinenschede, paradiso, hardloopkalender, allowing users to discover all types of events (music, lectures, dance, readings, workshops, etc.) going on in specific neighborhoods at any time.

Networking4allNetworking4all API: Networking4all is a company from the Netherlands providing SSL certificates, domain name registration, and website hosting services. It permits companies or individuals (retailers, IT managers, purchasing agents, consultants) to act as resellers of its services. With this API, Networking4all allows resellers to manage client or contact information, access product information, and and make SSL Certificate orders and domain name requests.

UPS LocatorUPS Locator API: The UPS Locator API provides developers a way to include a search for UPS shipping locations into applications. The search is based on type and available services and can find the following types of locations: The UPS Store® locations, Mail Boxes Etc. locations, UPS Customer Centers, UPS Drop Boxes, UPS Express, Staples® and Office Depot®, Authorized Shipping Outlets (ASO), and UPS Authorized Service Providers.

The API is offered in XML format. Results can be displayed in two ways: as a list of locations, or combined with mapping vendor freeware to include directions.

UPS PickupUPS Pickup API: UPS Pickup API can be integrated into business e-commerce websites or applications. It provides businesses and their customers the ability to schedule the pickup of freight shipments, packages that were previously processed, or new shipments.

Businesses and their customers will be able to access the UPS Pickup services: Package and Less-than-Truckload (LTL). Client applications can also utilize UPS's environmentally friendly pickup options.

UPS Quantum ViewUPS Quantum View API: The UPS Quantum View API provides various shipping information including: shipment manifest information, status updates, and event alerts for inbound and outbound shipments. Businesses can see information about their own shipments sent using their UPS Accounts, as well as UPS packages sent by vendors to the different receiving locations of their organization.

This API comes in XML format and allows businesses to customize their data import.

UPS Signature TrackingUPS Signature Tracking API: UPS Signature Tracking API provides Proof of Delivery (P.O.D.) with a digital signature and full delivery address. This information is provided in seconds and enables companies to have a shorter time between sale and funds collection. UPS tracking information is provided through a real-time, secure Internet environment.

The API comes in XML format and allows developers the ability to integrate with the website or enterprise application design and layout.

UPS Time in TransitUPS Time in Transit API: The UPS Time in Transit API allows businesses to include complete shipping transit time information on their websites and e-commerce applications. Customers can view time information on all available UPS shipping services, including both number of days in transit and scheduled delivery date and time. This allows customers to review delivery options when they place orders, and to manage the arrival of multiple packages with various points of origin.

The API comes in XML format, which allows developers to integrate with the website or e-commerce application design and layout.

UPS TrackingUPS Tracking API: UPS Tracking API provides businesses with the ability to give customers package tracking information on their own websites. Customers can track their shipments and check the status of their orders directly on e-commerce sites.

The API is available in both HTML and XML. The XML version gives flexibility to format the tracking data to cater to design and layout.

UPS TradeAbilityUPS TradeAbility API: UPS TradeAbility APIs manage the trade issues that occur with international shipping. They provide information and services in real-time, with up-to-date regulations and licensing information, watch lists and forms, and accurate cost estimates. They help businesses maintain and manage trade regulations compliance.

The suite of TradeAbility APIs include Denied Party Screener, Export License Detector, Import Compliance, and Landed Cost.

USPS Address InformationUSPS Address Information API: The U.S. Postal Service provides a suite of USPS Web Tools that customers may integrate into their own websites to validate or find mailing addresses, track and confirm mail delivery, calculate shipping rates, and create domestic or international shipping labels.

The Address Standardization service helps users ensure efficient delivery by standardizing street addresses, correcting abbreviations, adding missing information, and adding ZIP codes.

The ZIP Code Lookup service can determine the ZIP Code or ZIP Code+4 for an address where the city and state are known.

The City/State Lookup service can determine the city and state associated with a given ZIP Code or ZIP Code+4.

Eric Carter Eric is the founder of Dartsand and Corporate Counsel for a specialty technology distributor. He is a frequent contributor to technology media outlets and also serves as primary legal counsel for multiple startups in the Real Estate, Virtual Assistant, and Software Development Industries. Follow me on Google+

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